Richard E. Carter


Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (1997)
Indiana University Bloomington
LL.B. 1961


Richard E. Carter is the retired Executive Director of ALI-ABA, the nonprofit organization established in 1947 by The American Law Institute and the American Bar Association to provide continuing legal education on a national basis. Carter served as the Executive Director from 1993 to 2005.

Carter has had a prominent career in legal education for more than three decades. In the 1970s, he directed the Legal Services Training Program for lawyers representing poor clients. Later, Carter led the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, which trained lawyers in the U.S. Department of Justice. When the organization combined with the Legal Education Institute to form the Office of Legal Education, which was responsible for the continuing education of lawyers and paralegals in all federal agencies, he was kept on as its first director. Carter then served as the Director of the Division for Professional Education of the American Bar Association from 1985 to 1993.

During his tenure as the Executive Director, Carter led the organization's expansion with the rise of course offerings such as the in-house continuing education rising by 150%, and a 32% growth in revenue. He also oversaw major changes in the method of delivery of continuing legal education, a response to new communication technologies and to client and other professional demands limiting the time lawyers can take to attend live courses in distant locations. Carter was inducted into the Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1997.